With extended layovers and three overnight stays, this cruise offers plenty of time to explore some of the most traditional and lively cities of southern Iberia, including the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, where the lively blend of culture, history and cuisine is sure to impress. Highlights include the historic Belem Quarter, the Belem Tower, the Monument of the Discoveries and the Monastery of Jeronimos.
Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy a wine tasting session in the cosy coastal town of Portimão. Visit the chic seaside resort town of Estoril, where the iconic casino inspired Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel. Nestled against the northern slope of the “Serra de Sintra” mountains, Sintra is a picturesque village that is filled with charming narrow roads and lush greenery, then returning to shore, the traditional fishing town of Cascais has been a popular holiday resort for well over a century.
Clinging to Spain’s Atlantic coast, the influence of Cádiz has been felt far and wide for over 4,000 years, while legend has it the beautiful and romantic Andalusian capital of Seville was founded some 3,000 years ago by Hercules.
On this cruise you will also have a chance to visit Jerez de la Frontera, for a guided tour around the city, before being invited to visit an authentic bodega to sample some of its most famous export, Sherry.
Highlights of Tangier include a visit to the breathtaking Caves of Hercules, once believed to connect Morocco with Gibraltar, or an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Medina of Tétouan, on the slopes of Jebel Dersa Mountain, which is one of the most complete holy cities of its kind in North Africa.
In Spain, discover the world-famous Alhambra Palace, the last Iberian capital of the Moors, or enjoy a guided walk around Málaga, before tasting some local delicacies.